Activities in organisations

Kesko is a major international and local operator, and its activities have wide-reaching impacts on society. Kesko actively takes part in the activities of national and international business and trading sector organisations. Kesko wants to participate in societal discussion and promote sustainable business and the development and wider adoption of best practices.

Kesko is committed to the targets of the Paris Agreement and has set science-based emissions reductions targets. Kesko’s targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and in addition to emissions from Kesko’s own operations they cover the emissions from Kesko’s value chain.

Kesko has established a governance framework for public affairs activities. Trade association and possible other lobby organisation memberships are annually reviewed by the Group Management Board. Kesko closely follows the public policy engagements aligned with the Paris Agreement made by those trade associations and lobbying organisations that Kesko is a member of.

The most significant Finnish trading sector and business organisations with a Kesko representative in a position of trust are the Finnish Commerce Federation, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), and Finnish Grocery Trade Association. The main international trading sector organisations are EuroCommerce and Independent Retail Europe (IRE). In 2022, Kesko paid as membership fees to these organisations: €767,000 to Finnish Commerce Federation (incl. EK membership fee); €478,000 to Finnish Grocery Trade Association; €59,000 to EuroCommerce; and €69,000 to Independent Retail Europe (IRE).

The Corporate Management Board's major positions of trust as a whole are listed in the Administration and Management section.

International organisations

AMS Sourcing B.V.

- Advisory Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade

- Operational Advisory Board: Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Corporation

Amfori

-Member of amfori Network Committee Finland, Sustainability Specialist Vilma Mitrunen, Kesko Corporation

Climate Leadership Coalition, CLC

- Deputy Member of the Board: Riikka Joukio, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Kesko Corporation

EuroCommerce

- Member of the Board: Riikka Joukio, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Kesko Corporation

European DIY Retail Association, EDRA

- Board: Jorma Rauhala, President, building and technical trade, Kesko Corporation

GlobalG.A.P.

- Technical committee: Concept Specialist Taru Spring, Kesko's grocery trade

- Aquaculture Technical Committee: Sustainability Manager Johanna Teinilä-Kurvinen, Kesko's grocery trade

Independent Retail Europe IRE

- Board: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

IGS (ICA Global Sourcing)

- Advisory Board: President Ari Akseli, Vice President Harri Hovi and Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade

WIM (Wholesalers of Installation Materials)

- General Assembly: Product Line Director Jani Kakko, Kesko’s building and technical trade

Trade organisations

Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation

- Finance and Taxation Committee: Executive Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation

- Legal Affairs Committee: Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

- Trade Policy Committee: Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Corporation

- Logistics Committee: Vice President, GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

- Ava Academy / Support association of Ava institute: Manager, Competence Development Anu Haapoja, Kesko Corporation

Federation of Finnish Commerce

- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation (Deputy Chair)

- Community Planning Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

- Environmental Committee: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

- Payment Committee: Vice President Ismo Riitala, Kesko Corporation  

- Tax and Economic Policy Committee: Executive Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Trade Policy Committee: Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Chemicals: Product Quality Manager Kristina Laurila, Kesko Corporation

- Training: Senior Manager Minna Lähteenmäki, Kesko Corporation

- Consumer Affairs: Corporate Counsel Karri Puustinen, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Security: Head of Corporate Security Petri Käyhkö, Kesko Corporation

- Employment: Vice President, Employee Relations, Petteri Huovinen, Kesko Corporation

- Corporate Responsibility: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- Communications: Director, K Communications Paula Niemistö, Kesko Corporation

- Energy Efficiency Agreements: Vice President, Energy Antti Kokkonen, Kesko Corporation

- Legal Affairs Committee: Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

Palpa (Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy)

-Board: Director, purchasing and sales Aki Erkkilä, Kesko’s grocery trade (Chair), Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (deputy)

- Committee: Supply Chain Director Antti Lähde, Kesko’s grocery trade

Finnish Grocery Trade Association

- Board: President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

- Retail Group: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade

- Local Store Services: Director Operative Teemu Naumanen, Kesko Corporation

- Foodservice Wholesale Group: Managing Director Mika Halmesmäki, Kespro Ltd

- Self-monitoring Group: Miia Kiuru, Kesko Corporation

- Product Safety Group: Product Research Manager Timo Kivi, Kesko Corporation

- Communications Group: Vice President, Communications Jaana Huttunen, Kesko Corporation and Public Affairs Senior Manager Niklas Nila, Kesko Corporation 

- Resource Efficiency Group: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

-Other committees: a representative in all

Finnish Electrotechnical Trade Association (STK)

- Board: Managing director, Martti Forss, Onninen Oy, Kesko Building and Technical trade (Chair)

Finnish HVAC Technical Traders’ Association

- Board: Managing Director Martti Forss, Onninen Oy, Kesko Building and Technical trade (vice-chair)

- Refrigeration Technology group: Sales Director Ilkka Viita, Kesko Building and Technical trade

The Association of Products and Services Trade ETU

-Board: Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade

Yleinen teollisuusliitto (YTL)

- Advisory Board of Logistics Customers: Production Director Jarmo Nikupeteri, Kesko's grocery trade

Universities

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
- Board: Jorma Rauhala, President, building and technical trade, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Business Administration

- Advisory Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Jyväskylä Summer University

- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation (vice-chair)

Tampere University of Technology

- Board of the Support Foundation: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Turku School of Economics

- Board of the Support Foundation: -

3 AMK

- Haaga-Helia, Laurea ja Metropolia (3AMK) Advisory Board: VP Employee Relations Petteri Huovinen, Kesko Corporation

Chambers of Commerce

Finland Chamber of Commerce

- Traffic Committee: Supply Chain Management and Logistics Director  Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Building and Technical trade

-E-commerce Committee: Legal Director Lumi-Sirkku Vikiö, Kesko Corporation

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce

- Board of the Central Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce unit: Chain Manager Harri Ojala, Kesko’s grocery trade

- Foresight Committee: Senior Manager Minna Lähteenmäki, Kesko Corporation

- ICT Committee: Vice President, CIO Arto Hiltunen, Kesko Corporation

- Port and Logistics Committee: Vice President, GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

- Store & Services Committee: Vice President Ari Sääksmäki, Kesko's grocery trade

- Corporate Security Committee: Head of Corporate Security Petri Käyhkö, Kesko Corporation

- Cooperation group of the Helsinki Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of the Environment: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation 

- Traffic Committee: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation

- MAL 2023 monitoring group: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation 

- Helsinki 10 group: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation 

- Helsinki centre attraction group: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation 

- Vantaa Region Board: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation  

Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

North Karelia Chamber of Commerce

- Committee of Trade, Services and Tourism: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Oulu Chamber of Commerce

- Commitee of Commerce and Tourism: District Director Ilpo Korkala, Kespro

Southern Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce

- Business Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Riihimäki-Hyvinkää Chamber of Commerce

- Regional Development Board: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation  

South Savo Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce (Vaasa)

-Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Central Finland Chamber of Commerce

- Business and Climate Committee: Executive Vice President Riikka Joukio, Kesko Corporation

- Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Häme Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation  
- Tourism Committee: District Director Tommi Nuutinen, Kespro

South Karelia Chamber of Commerce

-Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Other organisations and groups

E-mobility

- Board: Category Manager Eero Korhonen, Onninen Oy, Kesko's building and technical trade

The Electrical Contractors´ Association of Finland STUL

- Board member, Chair of the Tele Group: Timo Nikulainen, Sales Director, Electrical, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

- Member: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

- Member of the Regional Advisory Board of Helsinki: Katriina Ahtee, Director, Employee Experience & Wellbeing, Kesko Corporation

Finnish Packaging Association

- Board: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

Finnish Quality Association

- Advisory Board: Hannu Pekuri, Development and Quality Manager, Kesko’s building and technical trade

GBC Finland 

-Low Carbon Construction Committee: Building Services Manager Antti Kokkonen, Kesko Corporation

-Carbon Neutral Buildings Committee: Manager, Building Services Jari Pihlajamaa, Kesko Corporation

The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities

Sopiva työ kaikille: Vice President, Employee Relations, Petteri Huovinen

Lahden Teollisuusseura ry

- member, Kesko's representative: District Director of Southern Finland Mika Sivula, Kesko Corporation  

Luke, National Resources Institute Finland

- Board: Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs Riikka Joukio, Kesko Corporation

- Finnish Center for Animal Welfare, Steering Group: Communications Manager, Sustainability Pirjo Nieminen, Kesko Corporation

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

- Salmon and sea trout strategy monitoring group: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- ELV food hygiene group: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- Farm Animal Welfare Council: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa

- Member: Mikko Paukkonen, Vice President at Neste K Service Station Stores, Kesko Corporation

Pro Luomu ry

- Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair); Sales and Purchasing Director Janne Vuorinen, Kesko’s grocery trade (deputy member)

- Investment Committee: Vice President, M&A, Jarkko Karjalainen, Kesko Corporation

RaSi ry (Finnish Hardware Association, DIY)

- Board: Product Line Director Harri Karumo and Senior Vice President, Commerce and SCM Petteri Niemi (deputy member), Kesko's building and technical trade

Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry

- Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko’s grocery trade

Suomen ElFi Oy

- Board: Vice President, Energy Antti Kokkonen, Kesko’s grocery trade

Suomen Kuitukierrätys Oy

- Board: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

Fashion and Sports Commerce Association

-Board: Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair) and Sami Kiiski, Senior Vice President, leisure trade, Kesko Corporation

-Working committee: Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade

The Association for Finnish Work

- Board: President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade

National Emergency Supply Agency

-Trade and Distribution Committee: GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

-Maakuljetuspooli: Supply Chain Management and Logistics Director, Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko’s building and technical trade

Talteka
-Board: Director Heating, Plumbing and Air Conditioning Sakari Manninen, Kesko's building and technical trade (vice-chair)

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